Sparks Only Hospital in Western Arkansas Named Top Performer by Joint Commission

Sparks Regional Medical Center today was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

The hospital is one of 405 U.S. hospitals and the only one in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Sparks will be featured in the Commissions’ "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report.

Sparks was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical procedures that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.

Sparks excelled in four key measures: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. 

Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

“Sparks and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.

“It is great to see Sparks receive this recognition our health system deserves for the excellent quality patient services we provide.  Our team of physicians and staff work very hard to truly make a difference and it is great to be recognized by our national accreditation organization for our commitment” said Charles L.  Stewart, CEO of Sparks Health System.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Sparks will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.